I'm a Yooper. Born & raised. Nothing about da great UP that I don't love. I love to write. I just keep writing hoping it will get better one day. As they say, if you want to become a writer, you need to write everyday.
SSSSOOOO, grab your coffee cup, grab a seat, sit on down, and let me tell you what I am up to.
I decided to start working on my Miss Nose stories and instead of bouncing from one to another, focus on just one. I did this with Murder of a Journalist. I am working hard on it, rereading it, editing it , and making sure it sounds spectacular. Only 1 problem!
IT IS TAKING TO LONG!
Now for most that isn’t a problem but when you are blogging and away, people lose interest in your blog. I am hoping to make better quality work for everyone to enjoy. It isn’t just about writing to get a story out but to really write a story well. To keep you all on the edge of your seat. To keep you all wanting to stand in line for the next ride.
I am nearing the end of Murder of a Journalist. I just have to figure out how to get that villain to confess. Once that is finished, then you can preview the story. And oh what a story it is.
The last few days I went from 11 thousand words, to 10 thousand, then just under 9 thousand. Now I am back up toward 10 thousand words. I have taken details out to shorten it so you can read it. I even put up a poll to see how many words was a good read for you all. But really, I have no idea at this point how many words it will be or how much I will re-add to the story.
But I hope you all stay tuned for the next installment. It will be a doozy.
“When the crow flies 3 times past your nose. When you hear the chime of a bell no longer working. When you see the waves that aren’t waves. You will then find the person responsible.”
These words kept playing over and over in Miss Nose’s head. Poor Emmy didn’t know what to do next. As Miss Nose looks frustrated out the window, she sees the Northern Lights glimmering a green glow off Lake Michigan. Such an odd phenomenon to happen this far South. Emerald keeps watching the green sparkle and the lake glisten with the color of the Northern Lights upon it. She started to relax her mind and allow the thinking to just flow on its own. She started to dream about the conversation she had with Kendrick, Patrick, and Caroline. She started seeing the words from their conversation and then it hit her, she never asked Caroline about Brian’s father. How would they know he was dead if he is alive as Caroline states?
Miss Nose makes a note on her sticky note pad to follow-up with Caroline. She starts to make a list of possible questions to ask Caroline when she talks to her. The questions on Miss Nose’s screen say:
Who is Brian’s father?
How do you know he isn’t dead?
Did another man say he was Brian’s father?
Is this man dead?
Does Brian know who his father is?
Why have you kept his identity secret?
Who else knows who Brian’s father is?
Miss Nose paused a bit as she was working on the original article for the paper. She had to get the first one out. It is going to be a long night. Miss Nose loved working at the office but decided she needed the sanctity of home. She emailed herself the documents she was working on, grabbed her belongings, turned out her light, said good night to the cleaning crew, got on the elevator, and went to the parking garage to go home. All Miss Nose could think about was her nice little house on Lake Shore Drive.
I have totally revamped this book. I am creating some back stories on the characters to kind of get to know them and what they are willing to do. I want to push them to the dark side and bring them back to the light. Now, I am redoing a few chapters of this novel I am writing. I decided to change a couple of things from my first draft. I am taking it completely to one place where it should be and not all over the UP. I am keeping it completely in Alger County between Ackerman Lake and Munising. Also including Chatham, Trenary, Eben Junction, Wetmore, and maybe a few other towns in Alger. Highway 13 and it’s known spookiness I may add or I may create something just for there.
Speaking of Highway 13, I recently learned from Munising residents that there is a strange light down by the airport there. Just like the Paulding light. I am searching for someone to take me there to investigate this further. I think this is amazing. It too is by an old railroad track.
I did create a kind of cover for the new Ackerman Lake Murders. What do you think? I made 3 different ones. I will post a poll later on them to see which design to go with.
Well I have to get back to my class on trigger points. I have to keep making money until I finish this book. Maybe it will make me money! That would be awesome. Until then. May your coffee be stronger than your problems!
Time for us to sit down with a cup of Joe and update each other. I was sad yesterday to find out that all the pictures I took weren’t on my camera at all. Somehow they never got saved to the memory card. I had some great ones of bigfoot, pasties, Lake Superior, flowers, and so much more. It so breaks my heart. I took them so I could blog about stuff and then to find they were gone, well. I thought I could recreate them in paint by drawing what they looked like.
I am working on stories just at the moment we have a ton of clients to massage! Been at work some weeks seven days. This week I took 2 days off and my schedule is slowly filling to full. I stay longer at the spa to see if anyone calls in for that last-minute massage. Never know when a body is in need. As I sit and wait, I have been crocheting and writing as the day allows or if a spark of something happens in my head.
I have been taking pictures as I walk around Munising while waiting for people to call in. I run off for some lunch somewhere usually Johnny Dogs. If you are in Munising, I would so suggest Johnny Dogs! One thing about Johnny Dogs, they are packed so plan on a long line! My other favorite spot in Munising is the Falling Rock Cafe. A fellow Nancy owns this cafe. She has a ton of books for you to read, live entertainment some days/nights, and they make amazing sandwiches. If you are craving pizza, go to Pictured Rocks Pizza. Pizza is cooked in about 8 minutes and at a great price. The bread sticks are amazing as well. I eat pasties at Muldoon’s. I am not sure where else pasties are sold in town, but this is the place everyone goes to for pasties. I always get a traditional beef pasty. We do have a new coffee shop in Munising. It is called Fudge and Coffee.
I love Tuesdays for the farmer’s market at Lake Superior. Right by the water and several vendors with great food they have grown or they made as in soap, lotion, bread, cookies. I had pictures of that as well. So sad. While you are down there, get a pizza from the ladies at the pavilion. It is five dollars for a cheese only and the proceeds go to different charities like the girls softball team. They always have a sign up to where money is being donated for that day.
It is a blessing to see you again. Let’s have coffee another day and catch up on all things going on in our lives.
Until the next time we meet, may your day be blessed with coffee prosperity!
Do you remember playing with the little people? I had the school, the airport, the house, the farm, and I think everything Fisher Price made for little people.
I have been crocheting and working. I have been mainly working. That is what I have been doing. Working and working more on my farm. The chickens and goat need me you know. We have been remodeling the coop and barn. The flooring and walls are bad in both so they need attention. We had to fix the roof on the barn as well. Can’t be having water leaking in and ruining feed. It is a long, hard process.
But I digress. What I really wanted to show you is my little person. I figured him out just like Foxy from FNAF. So without further ado, here he is:
What do you think? I know. Work more on the face! But I think I did a really great job on him.
When I get the time, I have several stories that need polishing and then publishing right here for you all. I am sorry for no writing. Here in the UP our summer is short and I am trying to get a ton done in this short amount of time I have. I even have my garden growing in the house for now until I can get the fence up for my garden. I don’t want the deer eating what I am growing. I have a yearling buck and 3 does that come in my yard for food. Nice thing about my job, I can crochet while I wait on clients. It is just hard to write while waiting for them since it is usually about a 10 minute wait time.
More to come. I have adventures to go on this summer as well. Then I will get you some great pictures and tell you all about my adventure somewhere here in the UP.
Wow. It has already been two years since I decided to put my book up on this blog. The book is the Ackerman Lake Murders. I have been working on that for a while and now I have scrapped much of it for a rewrite. I am actually going to work on some back story and post that here on my blog. Of course, there will be more adventures with one Miss Nose. I am working on more of her stories.
But wow, two years of stories and actual writings from my own life. I need to start remembering to take photos and talk about the various places I have been going. Just yesterday, I was at the Carney Roundup Rodeo. They have another showing today. I suggest everyone go out there and watch. Tickets for adults are $18 and children are $8. I hope they receive more visitors so we can have more of an expansion of food and vendors.
Miss Nose is yawning about having this here. She should be happy with her achievement making her the best kitty journalist in all the world. Oops, the cat is out of the bag on one of the future stories. It has been a wonderful two years and I pray we have many more.
Yes, it has been raining cats and dogs here in da UP! It really need to get my ark finished. I have been working my little hands off at Our Perch in Munising. They have been too fatigued to write. They need a break from a long day as well. Been on facebook posting though. Short stuff like Hey, I have massage times available. Which reminds me, here are some photos of my office. Soon I will be in the basement with a sauna. Yeah, try to get me out of that! I think all massages will be conducted within the sauna.
The lotions and oils I use
Chocolate & rose oil
The products we sell
The other thing I have been doing is crocheting. I do a bit here and there to keep from chewing my nails. I decided to make stress balls that look like animals. Not the best as of yet but. If anyone has a better way to make an ear or help me with the eyes, I would be appreciative. Here is some of my latest work!
I have decided I am writing too many stories at once and I can’t remember half the time what is supposed to go where or what idea is suppose to be with what story. I am now going to focus on one at a time. I can still go back to my other stories, but I think it is better served if I just spend time getting one completed.
That’s the latest update from the swamp. I post pictures of the ark when I am done! I shall be around soon saving everyone from the rising waters.
The U.S. Forest Service like the DNR are jokes. Don’t get me wrong. I do believe we need to stop illegal hunting, we need more land for the animals since people think they own the whole planet, and we need some services they do offer. BUT…..
The government seems to be under the belief they own everything. And I mean, EVERYTHING! They tax us to death in property taxes and when you can’t pay, they take your land. If a corporation wants your land to put a tower on for anything, the government takes it. If the city wants a new highway, the government takes it. Do you see where I am going here? We the citizens really don’t own a damn thing thanks to our useless government.
All this leads me to this article recently published. Good-bye to cabin life: U.S. government tells owners in U.P. to leave! That is right the good ole U.S. Forest Service is again taking away land from people and telling everyone they can’t use it. Well, if it is public land then we should be able to use it however we see fit. This is like the time when Obama closed our parks including Pictured Rocks. Do you remember the government shutdown in 2013? Our Governor, Rick Snyder, decided it was ok to follow what the feds said and closed the parks. Wrong thing to tell a Yooper! Taxpayers Revolt Against Park Closures
The other social nasty I really want to get rid of in our government is the inflation/deficit we face. Inflation keeps rising. When I entered the workforce many, many moons ago, I made $3.35 an hour. This was good. Milk was only 50 cents a gallon. Bread was about the same price. Gas went between 75 cents to around a dollar. In the 70s we had a gas shortage which made us top around $1.75 or so depending upon where you lived. But groceries were cheaper. A can of Spaghettios was 75 cents a can. Back when we could make a homemade pizza for under a buck. Today it is under $5. I really hate that our economy has gotten like this. By all rights minimum wage should be around $18 an hour just to keep up with rising milk costs. Since that is 6 times what I made back in the 80s, our factory workers and professionals should be charging 6 times as much for their wages as well. Most attorneys charge $200 an hour today which is cheap with the realization of inflation vs wages. By all accounts an attorney should charge $1200 an hour.
The biggest problem we face is money. I always loved Star Trek because they didn’t use money. Everyone had their spot on the planet and no one ever mentioned money. Except of course the Ferengi with gold press latinum.
That is all I got for today. Back to writing and crocheting. I have been working a ton of hours lately. Maybe if I get time, I will post some pics of what I have been making.
I was at Wal-Mart during the after Easter sale. I purchased these Peeps for $.99. They were 50% off. The package pre-Easter sale time must have been close to $2 or more. I was very fortunate to get these for $.99!
The first thing I smelled when opening the package was chocolate. I unfortunately got the dark chocolate. I am not a fan of dark chocolate. I love milk chocolate more. The aroma was overwhelming and tempted my taste buds so I hurriedly ate one. The dark chocolate overwhelmed the blueberry Peep. I took another one and ate the top of the Peep to taste the blueberry. I must say blueberry Peeps without chocolate would be an all time fave.
The most unfortunate part of this whole Peeps with chocolate package is, there are only 3 Peeps in the entire package equaling 150 calories. WHY????!!!!! I want more! My hope would be that Peeps would make a milk chocolate, 50 or more piece of the blueberry/chocolate Peeps. 3 just isn’t enough.
Since I was late getting to the Easter sales, I have no idea if there were any other flavors or other types of Peeps this year. I am hoping next year will be much better and I will be delighted in Peeps.
These Peeps I would definitely tell you to buy. Don’t buy the yucky Oreo cookie Peeps but do buy these. They will fill your taste buds and leave you wanting more.